Thursday was one of those nights that felt like summer in spring so when I got home, Geoff and I went for a bike ride. Our first stop was Mokuba, the Japanese ribbon store.
Our visit wasn't a success. The striped grosgrain was amazing, but $30/yard for polyester is a bit much. Still, I love looking at all the pretty ribbons.
We saw so many cats on this outing! I can't resist a sweet windowcat. There are actually two cats in this picture. Can you see them both?
We went to the newly renovated/expanded Big Chill for ice cream for the first time this year. Everyone seemed to be outdoors, and it took a while to find a place to lock up our bikes.
We ate our ice cream (I had caribou tracks with strawberry, Geoff had Bordeaux cherry and cappuccino) on a little green bench. We wound up at Henhouse for some Mill Street Organic and nachos. It was a perfect little evening.
Eli: Yes, I'm excited about it!
nice-etc.com / caitlin: Aw, thanks, lady. I love the banner! I keep looking at it and admiring the colours.
Celine: I'm not sure what the difference is, but I think the A-1 has more advanced level settings. When I was looking for one, the A-1 tended to be more expensive as well. It has some crazy settings, like your shutter speed and aperture can be manual or auto, or one or the other. I'll let you know how the course goes! I wanted to take something locally, but this one seemed to be a really good deal in terms of price.
lisa.: Thank you! It sounds as though we are in the same boat. Good luck!
Kate: Yeah, I pretty much love this camera. I can't wait to learn how to use the darned thing properly. I never bothered with art classes because I assumed that since I couldn't draw, there was no point! But Geoff learned a lot about photography in art class in high school and I'm always jealous when I think of how some people got to develop their own film.
Megan: Thanks! It was super fun! Gemma's zine is soooo good. I read it to Oreo. She was totally into it.
thenextarrow: Thank you! Yes, it is a very cute tote! It was the most souvenir-y thing I bought in Chicago!
alice's adventures: Well, not auto focus, but yes! Auto aperture/shutter speed, etc. Oh, I have had quite a few destroyed rolls -- you must persevere! It is worth it.
Tess: I'm glad you like it! Geoff drew it and I've so slowly been picking at it. Haha, I've only seen a wee part of the Midwest, but I liked what I saw!
katrina: Thank you! And oh, yes! It sure is.
Bruninha: Good luck with it! Thank you.
Swirlyarts: Thank you so much! I'm happy you like it.
G.: Oh, they are so useful. I also like having different designs to match my many moods, ha. There is really nothing better in the summer. That cat illustration is adorable!
becka: Oh, thank you. Of course there are lots of duds that I'm not sharing! I feel so badly for wasting film, but I guess that is how one learns... Film can be so expensive but I think I've managed to find a way to make it more affordable (that processing-included film from Blacks, or just getting the negatives processed and scanning them at home when I find Fuji film on sale, etc.). You are too sweet, lady!
fraisedesbois: Thank you! I'm so happy you like it and I hope the person who it is going to will like it as well.
vv: Thank you!
erica-knits: Yeah, I need something that doesn't involve just reading and is a little more "multimedia," I suppose. Focusing is so hard! The A-1 doesn't have auto focus, so I used this first roll as a way to experiment with focus. It's nice not to have to worry about aperture and shutter speed when you want to focus on... focusing. Ha. I'm glad you like the totes! I love an affordable indulgence.
Navare: I agree! Oh, the notebooks are sweet. They come in sets of three! When I visited Target in Buffalo they were on clearance, too.
krista lia: Wow! I'm so glad you like the design! Adorable.